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Home Publications Native Plants: Propagating and Planting Propagation and Establishment of a Native Wetland Plant Species: Beckmannia syzigachne

Propagation and Establishment of a Native Wetland Plant Species: Beckmannia syzigachne

Beckmannia syzigachne, or American sloughgrass, is a native annual or short-lived perennial bunchgrass found on flooded or seasonally saturated soils in the cooler parts of North America. This cool-season species is described as leafy, shallow-rooted, and having a closed panicle. It is considered a valuable wetland forage species and is often hayed or grazed, and the seeds provide food for waterfowl, seed-eating birds, and small mammals. ‘Egan’ American sloughgrass was developed by the Alaska Plant Materials Center solely for use in wetland restoration. Currently, the Corvallis (Oregon) Plant Materials Center is evaluating local ecotypes of American sloughgrass for use in wetland or riparian restoration projects in western Oregon, primarily. Results of studies evaluating seed germination, flood inundation tolerance, competitive ability with reed canarygrass (Phalaris arundinacea), and stand establishment of select ecotypes are described below.


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Author(s): Theresa R. Flessner

Publication: Native Plants: Propagating and Planting

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